Environmental consultant on board for the project

Water district board of directors on May 12 unanimously approved the hiring of Environmental Science Associates of San Francisco to prepare the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Almaden Lake Project. The EIR will evaluate the environmental impacts of the proposed project. Currently, the timeline for ESA to complete a draft of the EIR is late 2015. A…

Second piece of bore work scheduled for Monday, Sept. 29

On Monday, the water district begins the second part of its geotechnical investigative work at Almaden Lake Park, collecting soil data from below the waters with the use of a barge. The barge will head out to the approximate location in the lake of the proposed levee that will separate the restored creek from the…

Bore work begins Monday

On Sept. 8, the water district begins the first of two planned geotechnical investigations at Almaden Lake Park. This work is part of a process to collect background information for use by the water district when the time comes to eventually design the levee that will separate the planned restored creek highlighted in the preferred…

District to conduct geotechnical work at lake in August

The water district will extract soil samples in mid-August from below the surface of Almaden Lake as part of a geotechnical investigation that will inform the work of a project aimed at reducing methlymercury production and improving conditions for steelhead. This work will also take place at locations where a new levee would tie into the lake’s shoreline. The…

Planning for soil investigation work underway

The water district met with parks and recreation staff from the city of San Jose July 7 at Almaden Lake to coordinate upcoming soil investigation work as part of the planning process for the future project. A geotechnical engineer will assist the project team in collecting the samples, which will take place in August following…

Preferred alternatives gaining support

The water district’s latest options to ease the water quality issues at Almaden Lake are gaining community and political support. Though many of the residents attending the April 9 meeting to hear about the preferred alternatives had plenty of questions, none came out strongly against Alternatives six and seven, which will now move forward to…

Get your questions answered at public meeting

At the April 9 public meeting to present the preferred alternatives for Almaden Lake, the project team will make available the following form for those wishing to ask questions or provide comments. District staff and other volunteers will be available to take these forms at any time during the meeting so they can be directly answered…

District to present preferred alternatives at April public meeting

The Santa Clara Valley Water District will  identify its preferred alternatives to address the water quality issues related to both mercury and migratory fish at Almaden Lake at a public meeting Wednesday, April 9 at Castillero Middle School, 6384 Leyland Park Dr. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and you can reserve your spot at the…

New alternatives continue to be applauded

Environmental group leaders and representatives from nearby homeowner associations came together Feb. 20 to share feedback from their members and neighbors gleaned since their last small group working meeting with the water district last month. The meeting with just under a dozen attendees, including water district Director Linda LeZotte and representatives from the city of San…

Second workshop slated for Feb. 19

Tomorrow night, the project team holds it second workshop with leaders of environmental groups and nearby homeowner associations to fine tune Feasible Alternatives 6 and 7, one of which is likely to move forward as the recommended alternative to address the issues at Almaden Lake. No final decision will come tomorrow on which alternative the project team will…

Workshop reveals growing support for new feasible alternatives

Two new Feasible Alternatives for Almaden Lake received a generous amount of positive reviews during the first in a series of planned workshops to present the newest options to help the compromised water body. About 20 people attended the Jan. 22 gathering at the water district headquarters to hear the project team talk about Feasible Alternative 6…

Project team to hold workshops on new feasible alternatives

After nearly a year of collecting input from the public, the project team has developed two new options and is moving ahead with plans to hold a series of workshops in 2014 to study the options the team heralds as a “win-win” for the area. In order to more effectively desseminate this update quickly, the project…

Two new alternatives coming in 2014 for community review

In the wake of a meeting with environmental groups to discuss their points of view about Almaden Lake, the project team has come up with two more alternatives that it will formally present to the community early next year. The team sat down Oct. 3 with the Santa Clara Valley Audobon Society, Loma Prieta Sierra Club…

Strong opinions for Almaden Lake at Sept. 5 meeting

For more than two hours at a Sept. 5 public meeting, nearly 200 people sporting blue ribbons in support of preserving all or most of the water features at Almaden Lake listened to the district’s progress for solving the water quality issues there, inquiring on everything from swimming and wildlife to the value of public input…

Quick hits: August brings more outreach

Second public meeting scheduled for October The water district has scheduled a second meeting in October to update the community on its progress for work at Almaden Lake, reserving the Almaden Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. to conduct the same presentation for those that cannot attend next week’s public meeting. As…

Project team to update neighborhood association

Project Manager Rechelle Blank will meet with the Erickson Neighborhood Association to provide a brief outline of the project on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Erickson School, 4849 Pearl Avenue in San José. The association represents more than 650 homes bordered by Chynoweth, Fell Avenue and Court, Pearl Avenue, Branham Lane and Almaden Expressway in San José. Blank will…

Next public meeting scheduled for Sept. 5

The water district has confirmed Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Almaden Community Center for its next public meeting to update the community about the proposed project at Almaden Lake. As the main item of discussion, the project team will review the design of the creek and address the ongoing oxygenation…

Banners go up at Almaden Lake

The water district on Aug. 7 hung two large banners on the fence surrounding Almaden Lake Park, raising the visibility of the effort to clean up the lake and address its water quality problems associated with methlymercury and fisheries. Users of the park from within and outside the vicinity of the Almaden Valley can see…

Missed CreaTV’s spotlight on Almaden Lake? Here’s another chance

Didn’t catch the Almaden Lake interview between the League of Women Voters and the water district on CreaTV? Not a problem. For the next two months, if you’ve got an interest in knowing more about the district’s role in restoring Almaden Lake, check out the CreaTV site for the show by clicking here.  

Quick hits: We’ve been busy! Tidbits on Almaden Lake

Here’s the latest bit of information for you regarding our efforts over the last month: Public meeting is coming The project team is working with the Almaden Community Center to secure a date for its next public meeting to update the community on the progress of the proposed Almaden Lake project. The team had sought…

CreaTV to spotlight Almaden Lake issue

CreaTV will broadcast next month a sit-down interview between the League of Women Voters of San Jose/Santa Clara and the water district regarding the issue of methlymercury contamination at Almaden Lake. “Insights and Perspectives” is the league’s public access program that focuses on issues of interest to the community. On June 20, host Shelly Saini, an…

Homeowners state their case for keeping lake’s water features

Homeowner associations on May 14 backed a water dominant design for Almaden Lake while voicing opposition for any feasible alternative that could lead to sports fields at the site. Representatives from the Lakeview and Park Almaden homeowner associations presented to the project team that night a joint petition signed by more than 1,500 residents and park users that pegs Feasible…

August meeting won’t yield final alternative for lake

A planned public meeting in late summer will not bring a recommended alternative to the community for dealing with methlymercury production and other environmental issues at Almaden Lake. Instead, the project team will discuss additional time needed to consider additional alternatives at the lake using an oxygenation system. The team will also update the community on…

Project team meets with Joint Venture Churches

Though the audience  was smaller than previous public meetings concerning Almaden Lake, the sentiment for keeping a strong water feature at the site flowed just as strong. Nearly two dozen people attended the April 17 forum presented by Joint Venture Churches, a partnership between the Episcopal Church in Almaden and the Congregational Church of Almaden…

Youth sports leagues support playing fields as option for Almaden Lake

Citing a lack of playing fields in the Almaden Valley to serve the estimated 4,000 children who annually play soccer, softball and baseball, board members for those sports leagues have unveiled a vision to bring a “much needed” resource to the community. At an April 18 presentation at the Almaden Community Center, the leagues asked…

Senior Association, Parks and Recreation Commission check out lake’s alternatives

The project team had a robust April 3, meeting with the Almaden Senior Association in the morning and later that night, presenting a report to the city of San José’s Parks and Recreation Commission on the feasible alternatives for Almaden Lake. Both meetings drew a significant number of good questions and observations surrounding the potential project, input…

Additional meetings added to present alternatives

The project team has a busy month ahead, having scheduled five meetings to answer questions about the proposed feasible alternatives. The public is welcome at two of the meetings, while the others are specifically aimed at members of those particular groups. First, the Almaden Senior Association hosts Project Manager Rechelle Blank, water district board director, Linda LeZotte…

Preferences begin to show at March 13 meeting

At the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s March 13 meeting to review the best options for saving Almaden Lake, an informal show of hands by some neighborhood residents revealed a preference for the creation of a restored creek flanked on each side by lakes. The design – known as Alternative 1 – emerged as a slim favorite…